Finding Chika: A Review #nonficnov

November 29, 2019

 Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom

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Genre/Categories: Nonfiction, Memoir, Found Family, Foster Guardianship, Inspiration

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“What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.” ~Mitch Albom


In Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, Mitch Albom, well-known author of Tuesdays With Morrie, shares his life-changing experience of caring for Chika, a young Haitian orphan. She was born a few days before the devastating 2010 earthquake into a poverty-stricken family. When her mother died after giving birth to her baby brother, Dad found placements for all their children. Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port Au Prince. After five-year-old Chika was diagnosed with a medical condition that was untreatable in Haiti, the Alboms brought Chika to America to live with them while seeking medical intervention. Instead of returning to Haiti as planned, Chika and the Alboms become found family, and Mitch learns a great deal about caring for a special needs child, the definition of family, unconditional love, loss, and grief.

My Thoughts:

Fans of Mitch Albom will appreciate this poignant memoir. Tissues required!

Themes: Memorable themes make this heartfelt book unputdownable and memorable. I dearly love the themes of found family and the rescue of innocent children! Other thoughtful themes include making a difference, protection, time investment, resilience, when a marriage becomes a family, what we carry….

“What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.”

“Families are like pieces of art. You can make them from almost anything. The only ingredient you need to make a family is unconditional love.”

Highly Recommended: If you are touched by family stories, have compassion and concern for orphans, are interested in medical interventions, or list Mitch Albom as a favorite author, you WILL want Finding Chika on your TBR.

Buy Don’t Borrow: I am encouraged to report that all profits from the sale of Finding Chika will go to the support of the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage.

Watch This! See an interview with Mitch Albom sharing about the orphanage, how he became involved, and an introduction to Chika here.

Content warning/trigger warning: childhood cancer, loss of a child, poverty

My Rating:  5  Stars


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Meet the Author, Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, which have collectively sold more than forty million copies in forty-seven languages worldwide. He has written seven number-one New York Times bestsellers – including “Tuesdays with Morrie,” the bestselling memoir of all time, which topped the list for four straight years – award-winning TV films, stage plays, screenplays, a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and a musical. He founded and oversees SAY Detroit, a consortium of nine different charitable operations in his hometown, including a nonprofit dessert shop and food product line to fund programs for Detroit’s neediest citizens. He also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan. Learn more at and


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    • Thanks! I’m happy it inspired you! If you love Mitch, you will most likely love this memoir! Let me know! Happy reading and thanks for stopping in and commenting Jennifer! 😍👍


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